Strong Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Strikes East of Solomon Islands

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A strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake has struck east of Solomon Islands on Friday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

A strong earthquake struck at a depth of 33 km (21 miles) about 161 km (100 miles) east of Kirakira, a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands, the United States Geological Survey said.

There was no immediate reports of damage or casualties as well as there was no immediate tsunami threat.

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The earthquakes with magnitude 6.0 up to 6.9 are considered to be strong earthquakes according Richter magnitude scale. Strong earthquakes can cause damage to some well-built structures in populated areas and are usually felt in wider areas with a range up to hundreds of miles/kilometres from the epicentre.

Kirakira the provincial capital of the Makira-Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands. It has a population of approximately 3500 people.

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